STYLE EVOLUTION

Kristen Stewart's Style Evolution From Shy Teen to Redefining Chanel

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Kristen Stewart in pink chanel set.
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In 2002, Kristen Stewart made her red carpet debut wearing a black dress and trench for the film premiere of Panic Room, alongside Jodie Foster. Five years later, she was wearing Rodarte; now, she’s one of Chanel’s best celebrity ambassadors and shows off her visible tattoos in the brand’s storied haute couture. Stewart has appeared as the face of the Chanel makeup and accessory campaigns, sits front row at nearly every Chanel fashion show, and regularly wears Chanel at red carpet screenings and galas. She’s practically single-handily expanded and fully modernized the image of the “Chanel woman” in the process. With Oscar buzz growing over her role as Princess Diana in Spencer, she’s sure to wear more of the luxury house on the red carpet.

Still, as she’s grown up, Stewart’s own personal style has evolved into casual perfection. She loves sneakers and jeans, and as one of the few openly queer women in fashion, Stewart makes no compromises when it comes to her comfort. She’s known to eschew high heels right on the red carpet, switching into sneakers in an exquisite Marchesa gown. With Chanel, Stewart makes the brand feel as contemporary as her distressed Re/Done jeans. See her evolution from pre-teen phenom to designer darling here.

2021: Chanel Show
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Attending Chanel’s spring-summer 2022 show on October 5th, 2021 in Paris, Kristen Stewart looked a little bit like Cher Horowitz and a little bit like Tai Fraiser. The Cher of it all, of course, comes from the pink boucle skirt suit set from the brand. Though, the artfully messy, pink-streaked updo, loose white socks, and bustier underneath are a bit more Tai. Which was appropriate as the house’s creative director Virginie Viard imagined the collection as a tribute to ‘90s glamour.

2021: The Met Gala
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As per usual, Stewart wore a Chanel pantsuit at the 2021 Met Gala, along with a high ponytail showing off her new straw blonde hair.

2021: Telluride Film Festival
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Not every film festival needs couture — here, Stewart’s casual style is on full display in a button-down top by Tombolo, Re/Done tank top, and red velvet TUK creepers.

2021: Venice Film Festival Red Carpet
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At the Venice premiere of her highly-anticipated new film, Spencer, Stewart wore Virginie Viard’s take on classic Chanel lingerie as ready-to-wear.

2021: Venice Film Festival Photocall
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This daring Chanel romper was perfect for the sunny summer weather in Venice.

2020: Chanel Womenswear Spring Summer 2021
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Even after Karl Lagerfeld passed away, Stewart continued her work with Chanel — which has proved to be one of fashion’s most enduring partnerships.

2019: London Premiere of Charlie’s Angels
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This Thom Browne gown features the designer’s play on hip proportions, along with punkish plaid.

2019: Arriving To Live With Kelly And Ryan
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Chanel tweed, boots, and a cropped gray tank top are the epitome of queer effortless cool.

2019: San Sebastian Film Festival
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At the Spain premiere of Seberg, Stewart donned this Thom Browne pantsuit with white contrast stitching.

2019: The Met Gala
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At the 2019 Met Gala, Stewart made Chanel palazzo pants feel as daring as her two-toned neon orange hair.

2018: Cannes amFAR Gala
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Chanel Haute Couture stripes for the Cannes amFAR Gala, benefitting HIV+/AIDS research.

2018: Cannes Film Festival
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Stewart has a knack for taking Chanel’s traditional style and making it feel youthful, modern, and full of attitude.

2017: New York Premiere Of Personal Shopper
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Personal Shopper is one of Stewart’s best films, and for the premiere, she showed off her newly-buzzed hair with a halter neckline Chanel gown.

2016: Sundance Film Festival
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She may love elaborate gowns, but Stewart knows how to play it cool on the red carpet. Her look at the 2016 Sundance Festival premiere of Certain Women embodies her casual, boyish style that she’d develop over the next several years.

2015: Chanel Metiers d’Art Fashion Show in Rom, Italy
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Lagerfeld recruited Stewart for campaigns — and to fill his front row.

2015: Film Society of Lincoln Center Luncheon
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Sometimes, the occasion just calls for “Ladies Who Lunch” — and when that look calls, Lagerfeld’s Chanel delivers.

2015: Venice Film Festival
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Since signing on as a face of Chanel, Stewart has worn designs by Karl Lagerfeld and his successor Virginie Viard to nearly all her premieres and screenings. The two eventually became close friends, which she detailed in her 2019 Vanity Fair cover story. Here, she dazzles in lace and satin at the premiere of Equals.

2013: The Met Gala
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The jumpsuit makes another appearance, albeit this time with a jewel-toned overhaul by Stella McCartney.

2012: London Premiere Of Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
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For the press tour of Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, Stewart hit the red carpet in a series of incredible looks that, today, are some of her finest fashion moments. Here, she’s wearing a beaded jumpsuit by Zuhair Murad.

2012: Los Angeles Premiere Of Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
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Continuing the Twilight press tour in another Zuhair Murad piece.

2012: AFI Fest Red Carpet
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Stewart has always been known to favor menswear-inspired looks, but this 2012 Balenciaga ensemble is one of her first statements at such on the AFI premiere of On the Road.

2012: Sydney Premiere Of Snow White And The Huntsman
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Here, the gilt detailing and two-piece silhouette of this Balmain outfit mark a departure from Stewart’s previous, more classically-inspired looks.

2011: London Premiere Of Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1
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Stewart’s red carpet looks become more dramatic, and more sophisticated, as she neared the end of her Twilight tenure — often favoring black and dark neutrals. Here, she stuns in Roberto Cavalli.

2010: New York Screening Of Welcome To The Rileys
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In a Valentino mini dress, Stewart plays up the Hollywood glam look with a red lip and smoky eye at a Cinema Society screening.

2009: London Premiere Of Twilight Saga: New Moon
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Stewart makes a rare foray into color with this bright teal and green Proenza sweater and skirt, showing off a freshly bobbed hairstyle.

2008: MTV Video Music Awards
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Newly brunette, Stewart arrives at the VMAs in Derek Lam to present alongside her Twilight cast mates.

2007: Los Angeles Premiere Of Into the Wild
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With the premiere of Into the Wild, Stewart starts to dabble in high fashion — here, with an ultra-feminine Rodarte frock.

2005: Tribeca Film Festival
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Three years later, Stewart starts to work with her hair but still keeps her wardrobe choices fairly neutral at a screening of Fierce People.

2002: Los Angeles Premiere Of Panic Room
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“It shouldn’t be embarrassing because I was so young,” Stewart told Marie Claire UK of photos that remain from her child-star days. And yet, she says, it is.